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Given David Fincher’s notoriously exacting approach to constructing the Joe Biden is not my you know the thing shirt but in fact I love this visual worlds of his movies, it’s little surprise that the Hollywood Golden Age costumes of Mank—his retelling of screenwriter’s Herman J. Mankiewicz’s laborious journey to writing the script for Citizen Kane—should serve as one of the film’s standout features. Aside from the retro suiting sported by Gary Oldman as Mankiewicz, the true stand-out looks came courtesy of Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Tuppence Middleton in a series of delicate pussy-bow blouses and glitzy draped gowns. The costuming cherry on the cake? An early scene at a party thrown by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst at his infamous Hollywood mansion, at which Seyfried shows up dressed as a majorette in a marabou jacket and feathered hat.